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Giro Rosa stage 2

Giro Rosa stage 2

Giro Rosa stage 2

The first road stage of the Giro Rosa ended in a bunch sprint with Lotta Lepistö contesting the sprint for the Cervélo Bigla Pro Cycling Team and ending 13th. The results sheet won’t paint an accurate picture though, as the day’s main breakaway was only caught in sight of the finish line.

The stage was 120 kilometres, starting and finishing in Ovada.  

“It was a hard stage,” Lepistö said. “It was very hot and I think the stage was harder than expected. There were some hard climbs. There were several breakaways with a few riders getting away. Two girls got three minutes and only got caught at 400 metres to go. I tried to sprint but I spent too much energy before and got somewhere outside the top 10. It’s one day done and we’ll see what we get tomorrow.”

The only Grand Tour in women's cycling continues tomorrow, starting and finishing in Corbetta. The stage will be 132 kilometres. 

Nicole Hanselmann (SUI) at Giro Rosa 2018 - Stage 2, a 120.4 km road race starting and finishing in Ovada, Italy on July 7, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/velofocus.com

Clara Koppenburg (GER) signs on for Giro Rosa 2018 - Stage 2, a 120.4 km road race starting and finishing in Ovada, Italy on July 7, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/velofocus.com

Lotta Lepistö (FIN) at Giro Rosa 2018 - Stage 2, a 120.4 km road race starting and finishing in Ovada, Italy on July 7, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/velofocus.com

Clara Koppenburg (GER) on the climb to Pasturana at Giro Rosa 2018 - Stage 2, a 120.4 km road race starting and finishing in Ovada, Italy on July 7, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/velofocus.com

In the pink, a young fan waits for the race to arrive at Giro Rosa 2018 - Stage 2, a 120.4 km road race starting and finishing in Ovada, Italy on July 7, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/velofocus.com

Fans line the streets at Giro Rosa 2018 - Stage 2, a 120.4 km road race starting and finishing in Ovada, Italy on July 7, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/velofocus.com

Peloton speed through narrow streets at Giro Rosa 2018 - Stage 2, a 120.4 km road race starting and finishing in Ovada, Italy on July 7, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/velofocus.com

Pink bike hangs from a house at Giro Rosa 2018 - Stage 2, a 120.4 km road race starting and finishing in Ovada, Italy on July 7, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/velofocus.com

The peloton approaches at Giro Rosa 2018 - Stage 2, a 120.4 km road race starting and finishing in Ovada, Italy on July 7, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/velofocus.com